Let's be honest: Most people come for the beer. After 7 p.m., Oktoberfest at the Puyallup Fair becomes a 21-and-over event. Even in mid-afternoon, the liquid ambrosia flowed freely.
That's what attracted Mike Budd. He just got off work in Sumner and made a beeline for the fairgrounds.
"Hey, I like beer," he said. "And this is a pretty cool place to have a few."
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Indeed it was. German music filled the room, prompting several people to dance. A woman swayed on a swing attached to the rafters. And food booths served up sizzling sausages.
"There's something about an Oktoberfest celebration," Tacoma's Keith Henderson, "that makes me just want to come and have a good time."